Health Benefits of Bee Propolis

Using bee products as healing agents have a long history of use and were highly valued for their medicinal properties in many parts of the world. Of all of the bee products, bee propolis was the most revered. As a resinous substance collected from leaf buds and tree bark, bees use it along with beeswax to construct their hive. It serves to protect the hive against viruses, bacteria, and other organisms due to its antimicrobial properties.

For humans, bee propolis has immune enhancing properties, antimicrobial properties, as well as antioxidant, liver protecting, anti-inflammatory and anticancer properties. One of the main uses of propolis is for the protection against colds and painful, sore throats. One study found that propolis extract reduced upper respiratory infections in children and another study showed that those taking propolis recovered from their cold symptoms quicker than the placebo group.

Other uses of propolis include support for digestive ailments, including inflammatory conditions such as Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. In addition, propolis may also protect against parasitic infections in the gastrointestinal tract. Furthermore, propolis can be used topically as an anti-inflammatory agent and wound healing agent.

With all of its healing properties, propolis is a great product to have on hand in your medicine cabinet.

Article written by Margo Gladding, MS, CNS, LDN for Ellicott City Pharmacy.

Dec 21, 2011 | Category: Health, Lifestyle, Nutrtion | Comments: none | Tags: , , , , , ,

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